21 May 2015

My New Ride


My new ride... finally found a bike on Craigslist, went and picked it up last Friday evening. I spent a lot of time on it over the weekend, so much fun, and it felt wonderful to ride again. I spent a lot of time riding in Germany, but have not really rode a bike since returning to the states. KC is not the best riding city, lots of hills and not really any bike lanes. I gave my bike to my daughter, thinking I would not be riding again. But after being diagnosed with this disease, I decided I want to stay as active as I can, even if I don't have the greatest city to ride around in.


I was so blessed, I found a bike that had less than 30 miles on it, like BRAND NEW. Perfect size, color, everything about it was exactly what I wanted, even the price was unbelievable. I do want to get a rack and a basket, maybe next month. 

Loving it and hoping it will help me feel better.


Pickled cucumbers, red onions, and sweet red pepper salad. Delicious with burgers, BBQ chicken, just about anything. We ate these everyday in the summer, always lots of cucumbers and peppers from the garden. My mom always made the dressing with vinegar, a little oil, sugar, salt and pepper. I saw a recipe the other day and it had sweet chili sauce, so I tried it with this batch. I did not have sweet chili sauce so made my own with regular chili sauce and honey. I added some fresh parsley, celery seed, minced garlic, celery seed, salt and pepper - delicious. 

07 May 2015

Busy Week

I've had a busy week. David had surgery yesterday. Getting up at 5 a.m., not my thing these days. When I get up early I don't feel well, my eyes hurt so bad I can't see, not sure why getting up early affects how I feel, but it sure does. He's home now but I have to drive him to all appointments and  there are more meds to buy. :-(

I got home from the hospital today and took an hour nap.

Went to Target and picked up four new prescriptions. Came home and made some black bean and spinach enchiladas, so good. Then made a small apple, raisin, apricot and ginger tart. Absolutely love these. I got hooked on tarts while living in Germany, love their pastries.

Fortunately, I am feeling well enough to be up and can do a few things. Hope it lasts!!!

photo by spbm
Yesterday at Truman East, waiting.

photos by spbm

Truman Hospital Hill

photo by spbm
 I read an article about how good it was for your health to drink from a copper mug/glass, so bought this mug today at Target and I must say I LOVE it! Just bought one to see if I would like it, will be buying at least three more of them. 

 photo by spbm
This is so easy to make - sheet of puff pastry (I used half sheet for this one), sliced apple, I like green apples because they are tart, I keep a small crock of soaked raisins with sliced ginger and vanilla in the fridge all the time, they work great for this, just sprinkle a few on top, sprinkle one teaspoon of sugar and some cinnamon on top and dot with a little butter, bake in a 400 degree preheated oven, when done I melt a little apricot jam and then add a couple teaspoons of amaretto and brush on top of tart, including pastry.

 Absolutely delicious! 

This is perfect light dessert, not too sweet, since the sweetness comes from the raisins and jam.


30 April 2015

Tote Made With Upholstery Scraps


Photos by spbm

Another tote bag I made yesterday, it is made with scraps of upholstery. I've always cut labels from old clothing and saved them, love them, so used an old American Eagle tag and a stamp patch I purchased in Italy years ago, and I added a couple of pieces of vintage lace I purchased while living in Germany.These make wonderful book bags, I use them as a purse and, when I have only a few items from the store, this bag works perfect. I will probably be listing this in my shop. I am going to try and add a Paypal button to my blog so when someone wants, they can purchase directly from my blog.

I sold the tote above. But if anyone is interested, I can make another, it will not have the same fabrics, but will look similar. Send me a message if you are interested in one.


This is one of our favorite dishes right now, made it three times in the past couple weeks. They are just so easy and so delicious. They would be great made with a little Italian sausage, but I'm trying to skip meat, at least the majority of time.

Recipe here.

The only thing I changed at all was I added fennel seed, adds so much flavor, if you like fennel.


Wednesday

Finished a tote bag today. Made a delicious salad for dinner. And looking forward to some great things happening tomorrow. 


Lots of good stuff - romaine lettuce, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, avocado, nuts and seeds, red beets, and a little tuna salad. 


 Made with leftover upholstery scraps. Loving it. Trying to decide if I want to list it for sale. :) Probably will. 

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We lose ourselves in the things we love,
we find ourselves there, too.

27 April 2015

Busy As A Bee

I've been busy sewing lately. Making things for my kids, and trying to get some stuff made to sell. I really must find an outlet to sell more than what I am selling on Etsy. With this illness and no insurance, the medicine costs are unreal. I did without some of my meds last month, just a bit terrifying since my hospitalization and surgery. I DO NOT want that again. Anyways, a few things I have made this past week. 

A little dress for Ada, which turned out to be one size too big. But she can grow into it, would rather it be too big than too small.
Plain and simple, great for the summer heat. 


And made a little top using the same pattern. Loving the way this turned out, will be fun for her to wear. Made this one size smaller than the dress. It started out to be another dress but not enough fabric. So happy with the top though. Definitely will be able to spot her in a crowd. :)


Finished Ada's Yellow Fox Quilt Top, now ready to start quilting it. 


I had made a market bag with the same fabrics a while back, my daughter took it. Had enough fabric left to make another one. Love it!


Made another bag last night from bits and pieces of fabrics, It turned out beautifully.


 And my daughter sent me a photo of little E's. bed with his fancy fox quilt. Just love it, looks like such a cozy and comforting place to hang out. 


We have a new week to experience new and bigger miracles. 

23 April 2015

Delicious Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells



I found this Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Shells on Pink Basil Blog.  I can hardly wait to make this again, we LOVED it. I made my own marinara sauce. It almost seemed sinful that this was so easy and so delicious. I'm weaning myself off meat. Even though I do not eat much meat, only two - three times a week, but the more research I do on my disease, the more convinced I am that I do not need or want to eat meat any longer. I will continue to eat fish every now and then. And if I have company I will cook meat, but for myself on a day to day basis I'm giving it up.

My marinara sauce is so simple, saute some chopped onion in olive oil, add 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced, a couple cans tomatoes, Italian seasoning, dried basil, couple bay leaves, fennel seed. cook it down to the consistency you like. I then use my hand blender to puree it. You can used crushed tomatoes, doesn't really matter.

I followed the recipe exactly, except added more fennel seed to the filling, we like fennel.

So easy! So Delicious!

Recipe here.





13 April 2015

Dutch Baby Pancakes and A Song

For some strange reason I feel having a doctor's appointment gives me a free ticket to eat anything I desire. An appointment coming up tomorrow morning. YUK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do I need to say I am so over going to the doctor and testing, if not, I am shouting it to the heavens and beyond. 


Anways, made a Dutch Baby Pancake with fresh strawberries and blackberries, topped off with fresh whipped cream, the kind that comes in a bottle, (the best kind). 

photos by spbm

Also, I think I like taking photos of these things.
Here's my recipe for an individual serving:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add the following in a bowl:
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup milk 
(skim, 2%, or whole will work. I use whatever I have on hand)
pinch of salt
dash of vanilla extract
Beat the above ingredients by hand with a wire whisk until smooth, pour into
a preheated small skillet with 1-2 tblsp. of melted butter, that has been melted in the skillet while preheating the skillet.

Top with whatever toppings you like. Sometimes I drizzle honey, lemon juice, and sprinkle with powder sugar. 

You can double the recipe for two, 
and for 3 - 4 servings, use:
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
half stick butter 
(you can actually get by with a little less butter)
1-2 teas. vanilla extract
1/4 teas. salt
follow the above instruction for the remainder of the recipe.
You can use a cake pan for this or a couple of cast iron skillets, be sure they are seasoned,
otherwise, your pancakes will stick.

And today, I have been obsessed with this song: